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Reviewed by Marty Padgett
Editorial Director, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$41,664
BASE MSRP
$44,800
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The 2015 Audi A6 may look a little sedate, but it's a brilliant performer–thanks to its diesel-driven TDI, the supercharged A6, or turbocharged S6 versions. Read more »
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There's plenty of high-quality wood trim, nicely finished metallic accents and soft leather everywhere.

Edmunds »

The shape and details closely resemble the new A8 – a big sedan we like plenty.

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One of the best analog/digital instrument panel executions we've ever seen. Walnut wood inlays and Bang & Olufsen speaker covers that are borderline works of art.

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Re-engineering the front differential enabled the front axle to move way forward, reducing the front overhang to achieve a more contemporary design aesthetic.

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The ash-wood trim, with its raised graining, is a pleasant surprise; soft-touch surfaces enhance the sense of luxury

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Pricing and Specifications by Style
$44,800 $58,700
4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus
Gas Mileage 25 mpg City/33 mpg Hwy
Engine Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L
EPA Class Mid-Size Cars
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car
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The Basics:

Audi’s A6 is a refined, civilized, smart, and capable sedan with the potential for a sporty side, too. For the 2015 model year, the A6 continues building its reputation for high-tech, if conservative, luxury.

The A6 and performance-oriented S6 sedans are handsome vehicles, and we've commended Audi on its contoured sheetmetal and sleek designs in the past. However, even the A6 sits in the shadows of its mechanically similar, far less predictable A7 hatchback sibling. That car has been a top pick amongst our editors, while the A6 has received received more conventional scores with its more conventional design. The good news here is that the interiors are identical in both cars, and passengers will enjoy a mix of rich finishes, comfortable seating, and a long list of feature technologies.

With its swept-back, more rear-biased sport-sedan look, the A6's silhouette does rob some interior space. It feels somewhat smaller inside than some other mass-market cars in its size class, but front-seat space is excellent. Legroom can feel tight in back, and that middle space back there isn't adult-sized. That also makes the four-seat A7 and its practical hatchback cargo area, again seem more appealing. Trunk space is obviously smaller than in the A7 hatchback, but at 14.1 cubic feet it's even a bit small by luxury-sedan standards; the cargo floor is also quite high.

The A6 offers all the active-safety features you'll find on its luxury peers from Mercedes-Benz and BMW--including front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, blind-spot monitors, a night-vision system, and a head-up display. It's earned top five-star results from the federal government in crash-testing, as well as top 'good' ratings from the IIHS in all of the areas it's been tested (although not yet the tough small overlap test).

The 2015 Audi A6 and S6 are very well-equipped at the base level, as luxury sedans. But it's the options for the lineup that will really impress passengers. From Google Earth maps, to in-car wireless Internet access, to an innovative system that lets you trace out letters with your finger, this lineup goes above and beyond with tech options. The A6 also offers all the active-safety features you'll find on its luxury peers from Mercedes-Benz and BMW--including front and rear parking sensors, a top-view camera, blind-spot monitors, a night-vision system, and a head-up display.

The A6's base drivetrain pairs a 220-horsepower, 2.0-liter four with either a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive, or an eight-speed automatic and quattro all-wheel drive. The four isn't slow, either; expect 0 to 60 mph times at about 7.5 seconds, up to a top speed of 130 mph. The CVT here does its best to pretend that it's a conventional automatic--and even offers a sport mode, paddle-shifters, and simulated ratios--but we'd take the eight-speed automatic and quattro with the 2.0T any day. And for pure efficiency, we'd choose the excellent A6 TDI, with a 240-hp turbodiesel six and an eight-speed automatic, a 0-60 mph time of about 5.5 seconds, and an EPA rating of 24/38 mpg, or 29 mpg combined.

Higher up on the performance scale are the supercharged six and turbocharged eights. The 310-horsepower supercharged V-6 that's offered in the A6 is paired with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission for a 0-60 mph time of 5.3 seconds. It's a flexible, fairly muted powerplant--but it's easily outstripped by the 420-horsepower turbocharged V-8 engine found in the S6. The S6's seven-speed S tronic gearbox and performance upgrades ensure excitement is just a tap-shift away--and that 60 mph is just 4.5 seconds away.

No matter which version you choose, the A6 has good handling, in either front- or all-wheel drive; even though its all-wheel drive system is biased to the rear it still prefers nose-heavy understeer. Models with Audi's Drive Select have better range and adaptability in their electric steering, throttle, transmission and even air-damper control, though steering feel isn't particularly a strength. The S6 has the tautest responses, of course; with impressively strong brakes and the firmest Sport settings, it's sweetly maneuverable in tight curves.

 

 

Likes:

  • The "wow!" moment of Google Earth maps
  • Interior's strikingly finished
  • Great fuel economy (2.0T, TDI)
  • Very fast (3.0T, S6)
  • Connectivity par excellence

Dislikes:

  • A five-seater for four people
  • The CVT's a skipper, we think
  • Audi's own A7 is better looking
  • Steering isn't communicative
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